South Florida Museum & Aquarium


South Florida Museum & Parker Aquarium
201 10th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34205
Phone: (941) 746-4131
permanent home to Manatee County's most famous resident and the oldest known manatee in the world, Snooty

The Parker Manatee Aquarium, designed to house three adult manatees, holds nearly 60,000 gallons of water, including a medical pool. The pool offers both deep and shallow water, allowing the manatees to maintain natural feeding behaviors. An exhibit area within the facility helps to educate the public about manatee anatomy and offers above and below water viewing. . The Aquarium has housed 23 manatees as part of the rehabilitation program. The facility is the permanent home to Manatee County's most famous resident and the oldest known manatee in the world, Snooty. The first floor features fossil evidence of Florida’s earliest marine and mammal inhabitants and archaeological material representing paleoindian, archaic and pre-contact cultures. You will find the Great Hall, Land of Change, Fabulous Florida Seas, Archaic Peoples and the Tallant Gallery brimming with information and objects that reflect the prehistory of Gulf Coast Florida. The Montague Tallant Collection of Florida’s First Peoples Artifacts Most of Montague Tallant’s collecting was done in the 1930s. It is estimated that his collection totaled in excess of 5,000 artifacts. Tallant employed a variety of methods in his archaeological work. Metal detectors, shaker screens and even his Model A Ford named “Cacique” became tremendous aids in the field. POTTERY: Native American pottery styles and methods help us define cultures and understand lifestyles of our early peoples. Florida pottery dates back to 4,000 years ago. Montague Tallant’s pottery collection dates from A.D. 300 until the 1700s. These pots help us tell the story of Florida’s lost tribes. METAL: Florida’s native peoples found a new outlet for their artistry with the discovery of metal as a resource. Metal was widely and heavily traded among the native groups. The wide variety of silver, gold, bronze and tumbaga (an alloy of gold and copper) represented in the Tallant collection indicate heavy trading among the Florida natives.